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Old December 29th, 2010, 07:02 AM   #1281
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Old December 29th, 2010, 07:42 AM   #1282
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The design is interesting, but that cladding is absolutely horrible. I mean, what is that, dark green mixed with burgundy? Atrocious.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 08:01 AM   #1283
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Kinda takes your breath away....
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Old December 29th, 2010, 08:43 AM   #1284
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The design is interesting, but that cladding is absolutely horrible. I mean, what is that, dark green mixed with burgundy? Atrocious.
Blending it in with the surrounding buildings?
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Old December 29th, 2010, 08:46 AM   #1285
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Blending it in with the surrounding buildings?
The surrounding buildings' cladding is atrocious as well. I think it's safe to say brown doesn't work on any high-rise unless it happens to be brown brick, and you pretty much won't see that outside of Manhattan or the other few cities in the world that have genuine Art-Deco architecture. I could just picture this with white granite and tinted blue glass. That would look fantastic.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 10:22 AM   #1286
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The surrounding buildings' cladding is atrocious as well. I think it's safe to say brown doesn't work on any high-rise unless it happens to be brown brick, and you pretty much won't see that outside of Manhattan or the other few cities in the world that have genuine Art-Deco architecture. I could just picture this with white granite and tinted blue glass. That would look fantastic.
You mean fantastically boring, sterile, bland, and therefore truly ugly? Right on!
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Old December 29th, 2010, 10:27 AM   #1287
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There is a reason why in many places tall buildings are hated. That is cuz too many of them lack character (which many of the buildings posted in this thread don't lack).

If cityscapes had a bit more of buildings like the ones in this thread (and less of the abundant, monotonously blue/white/gray cardboard box buildings) then perhaps cities would have looked better overall and skyscrapers wouldn't have been hated by people (outside the scraper-geek world) so much.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 04:09 PM   #1288
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Allthough they have some special charm to me, one can't deny that they are ugly( esspecially in bad condition as now)
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Old December 29th, 2010, 05:39 PM   #1289
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There is a reason why in many places tall buildings are hated. That is cuz too many of them lack character (which many of the buildings posted in this thread don't lack).

If cityscapes had a bit more of buildings like the ones in this thread (and less of the abundant, monotonously blue/white/gray cardboard box buildings) then perhaps cities would have looked better overall and skyscrapers wouldn't have been hated by people (outside the scraper-geek world) so much.
If people "hate" tall buildings, putting up ugly monstrosities is unlikely to make them suddenly "like" them; in fact it would probably create a huge new group of tower haters. I doubt if it is possible, or even necessary to have everyone in the world love tall buildings.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 10:33 PM   #1290
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If people "hate" tall buildings, putting up ugly monstrosities is unlikely to make them suddenly "like" them; in fact it would probably create a huge new group of tower haters. I doubt if it is possible, or even necessary to have everyone in the world love tall buildings.
Nope. They already hate the ugly stuff that are everywhere, from commieblocks in the east to lego blocks in the west.

What they would love is lively buildings with style and character, a lot of which are right here in this thread!

By the way that does not mean that all the buildings in this thread are like that. A few have posted genuinely ugly examples many of which no doubt have a clear, documented history of having a negative impact on their surroundings. And quite a lot of the buildings that are posted are not so much ugly but just unclean and/or dilapidated and in need of a renovation which is no shock (everything will become ugly, when neglected and not taken care of)
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Old December 30th, 2010, 06:43 AM   #1291
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Are you saying that the masses will enjoy oohing and ahhing over a tower only if it reminds them of a toaster or a corkscrew sex-toy, but they will blank out in boredom if
it is not a novelty shape? I would say to that: Too bad. Stick to "So you think you can Dance". where they can be mesmerized by the spinning sparkly outfits.

Also.... who becomes the arbitrator of taste in this new World Order of tower design? Who decides what is "ugly", and what "has character"? I am not arguing against
new styles for buildings; I am arguing against the idea that bad design is a good idea because it will attract the attention of of the lowest common denominator in society that is suffering from a short attention span.
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Old December 30th, 2010, 12:34 PM   #1292
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Are you saying that the masses will enjoy oohing and ahhing over a tower only if it reminds them of a toaster or a corkscrew sex-toy, but they will blank out in boredom if
it is not a novelty shape?
That's exactly what happened right in the heart of Manhattan! A building that was striking amidst the bland and the boring ended up being named after a household appliance. That happened because whether it was loved or not, it definitely stood out and now, lo and behold the whole frigging neighborhood is named after the building (and therefore after an appliance :>)

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This is the first time i have seen this building. What the hell lol. I must say i kind of like it though, very in your face!
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Old December 30th, 2010, 06:37 PM   #1294
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Old December 30th, 2010, 06:45 PM   #1295
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Old December 30th, 2010, 06:51 PM   #1296
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It's a sort of radar tower, they are from the company etisalat thta provides all kinds of connections i think, there ar more of these ugly things in the UAE like in Fuljairah is another one...
But you got to admid that they are but ugly!

The fuljairah one is slightly better though


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Dubai has like over 5 of these buildings if I'm not wrong
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Old December 30th, 2010, 07:48 PM   #1298
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Old December 30th, 2010, 07:52 PM   #1299
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Old December 30th, 2010, 09:33 PM   #1300
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That's exactly what happened right in the heart of Manhattan! A building that was striking amidst the bland and the boring ended up being named after a household appliance. That happened because whether it was loved or not, it definitely stood out and now, lo and behold the whole frigging neighborhood is named after the building (and therefore after an appliance :>)

"Flatiron" buildings are throughout the world, and not unique to New York. We have one here in Toronto built well before the one in New York. Believe it or not, the shape of flatiron buildings is a result of the small triangular lots they are constructed on, not from any desire to design a building to look like a household object.
And I am not sure I would classify the buildings of the same era of the Flatiron as bland and boring, but to each their own.
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